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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

creimer Re:The problems is... (452 comments)

I was a video game tester for three years and lead tester for three years. Six years at the same company. I started earning my "not a game player" creds when I went back to school to learn computer programming after I became a lead tester. As a video game tester, you're not suppose to have an exit plan. I went on to make more money in help desk, desktop and security remediation support.

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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

creimer Re:School is just fine. (452 comments)

I spent a year at the university before I got kicked out. I blame breaking up with girlfriend, playing Magic the Gathering card game, and starting a dialup BBS before something called the Internet became popular in 1995.

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A Low Cost, Open Source Geiger Counter (Video)

creimer Slashdot jumps the shark... (42 comments)

Submitting somebody's LinkedIn profile as a news story must be either a slow news day or a new low in qualitiy standards.

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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

creimer Re:The problems is... (452 comments)

As the lead video game tester, I was told during a code release meeting that I wasn't a "team player" by the PR flack because I couldn't approved the code release and another two weeks of testing was needed. My response was, "If you're so confident about the quality of this video game, let's code release RIGHT NOW and let the video game magazines write their reviews." Absolute silence. We got another two weeks of testing, which didn't save the game from getting horrible reviews. The blame, however, rested on PR for pushing this through and ignoring QA in the process.

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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

creimer Re:School is just fine. (452 comments)

I was misdiagnosed as being mentally retarded in the public schools, as everyone thought I was an idiot. I skipped high school and gone to community college to earn an associate degree in general education in four years, where I learned critical thinking skills. The only thing I learned in the public schools was not to pay attention to the idiots treating me like an idiot.

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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

creimer Re:Not News (452 comments)

The 2012 presidential election was illuminating. Governor Mitt Romney didn't bother to wait a concession speach for an election that he expected to win. Political genius Karl Rove has a meltdown on Fox News when the election results are announced. President Obama wins a second term with 51% of the vote when everyone expected him to be a one-term president. A serious lack of critical thinking skills that night.

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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

creimer Re:This is silly (631 comments)

If he can't sell his house, can't cover his monthly expenses, and can't retire in ten years, he's poor. The funny thing is he doesn't know he's poor because he's living the American dream of having it all.

OTOH, I'm weathy. I lived in the same studio apartment for 9+ years, take public transit to work, buy my clothes at D.D. Discount, and put $500+ into savings each month. Unless there's another Great Recession, I should be retire in 25 years. Of course, I'm not living the American dream by living a modest lifestyle.

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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

creimer Re:This is silly (631 comments)

Never mind that you can get a frozen pizza for $3 at Safeway when on sale. Another reason why I don't eat out anymore. Too expensive!

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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

creimer Re:This is silly (631 comments)

My brother is poor. He has a $800,000 house with an underwater mortgage that he bought with a down payment from his wife's 401K plan, leases a new car every other year, and wear $180 designer jeans. He bitches and moans about not being able to retire in ten years. This is the American dream.

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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

creimer Re:This is silly (631 comments)

All the Republicans and Tea Party folks claim it was a FREE iPhone that the government was handing like candy to keep President Obama in power. Every time I asked for the iPhone link, I either get silence or links to the Obamaphone. Where's the FREE iPhone that these Partriot Americans (tm) are talking about?

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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

creimer Re:This is silly (631 comments)

Republicans want this community activist killed for delivering absentee ballots to the county office.

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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

creimer Re:This is silly (631 comments)

I don't watch TV. But I do read the comment boards of political news websites, both liberal and conservative. When two ACs post identical comments about "dropping a small pebble into a pond," and assuming it's not the same twit double posting, it's a copy-and-paste talking point. Such talking points typically come from Fox News.

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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

creimer Re:This is silly (631 comments)

A little inflation wouldn't hurt the economy. As it is, low inflation could be the norm for the next five years.

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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

creimer Re:This is silly (631 comments)

Repeating FoxNews talking points don't make them true.

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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

creimer Re:This is silly (631 comments)

I'm going to assume you're just being disingenuous or willfully ignorant.

Read the comment boards for Politico and read what Republicans and Tea Party are writing about the poor people who sell their votes to Democrats. Talk about the disingenuous and willfully ignorant.

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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

creimer Re:This is silly (631 comments)

Now that 25c increase, which was caused by one small town raising its prices, is now going to be how much of an increase? What happens when EVERYTHING is affected?

San Jose is the largest city in Silicon Valley, third largest city in California, and 10th largest city in the United States. San Jose isn't a small town unless you're living in New York City.

I bet you it's more than a 25c/slice, 1d/pie.

You did read the article that I linked to in my comment? Please educate yourself. Being proudful of being ignorant is shameful.

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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

creimer Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (631 comments)

You must have missed the Great Recession. I worked for one company with so many contracts lined up towards the end of 2008 that the CEO spent a $1M on a new building to handle all new work. All those contracts were cancelled after New Year 2009, half the company got laid off and everyone else hunkered down in the mostly empty new building. Alas, I was out of work for the next two years, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2011, and had ten jobs since then.

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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

creimer Re: This is silly (631 comments)

Back in the 50s, 60s, 70s -- before large scale automation and computerization -- businesses had big labor expenses but somehow managed to stay in business.

And bigger tax bills that got lower over time from 90% after War World 2. The only way to avoid paying taxes was to plow that money back into the business or give it back to the shareholders. Since corporations today have low to non-existent tax rates, hoarding cash and buying back stock shares doesn't help the overall economy.

Any small business owner can funnel nearly 100% of his personal expenses through his business and pay lower tax rates as a result.

That's an open invitation for an audit by the IRS. If the small business is a corporation, it's also at risk for losing the limited liability protection in a lawsuit. Smart business owners don't put themselves into a compromising situation.

You want to be either poor (government benefits) or rich (corporate benefits), but never middle class as they pay for all the taxes.

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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

creimer Re:Already everywhere in France (631 comments)

I live in France and these things are in every McDonalds already. I did not realize that they were not common elsewhere.

The U.S. is always 20 to 30 years behind the times for technology that appears first in Europe since it didn't appear here first. We are finally getting credit/debit cards with microchips that is commonplace in Europe. Whee!

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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

creimer Re:This is silly (631 comments)

Silicon Valley would be a better middle class neighborhood if we didn't have to tolerate all the instant millionaires, politicians begging for cash and San Francisco hipsters. :P

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China Brushes Out Distinctive Hues of Names

creimer creimer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

creimer writes "The New York Times is reporting that some Chinese citizens will have to change their name for the new identity cards.

"The bureau's computers, however, are programmed to read only 32,252 of the roughly 55,000 Chinese characters, according to a 2006 government report. The result is that Miss Ma and at least some of the 60 million other Chinese with obscure characters in their names cannot get new cards — unless they change their names to something more common.""

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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Christopher D. Reimer writes "The New York Times is reporting the death of John W. Backus, 82, creator of the FORTRAN programming language. From the article: 'Mr. Backus and his youthful team, then all in their 20s and 30s, devised a programming language that resembled a combination of English shorthand and algebra. Fortran, short for Formula Translator, was very similar to the algebraic formulas that scientists and engineers used in their daily work. With some training, they were no longer dependent on a programming priesthood to translate their science and engineering problems into a language a computer would understand.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that only one percent of web pages are sexually explict. From the article: 'A confidential analysis of Internet search queries and a random sample of Web pages taken from Google and Microsoft's giant Internet indices showed that only about 1 percent of all Web pages contain sexually explicit material. [...] The ACLU said the analysis, by Philip B. Stark, a professor of statistics at the University of California, Berkeley, did not appear to substantially help the Department of Justice in its effort to prove that criminal penalties are necessary to protect minors from exposure to sexually explicit information on the Internet.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The New York Times is reporting a federal investigation of the the Venezuelan owners of Smartmatic Corporation, a voting software company, and whether the anti-U.S. government is trying to influence the U.S. midterm elections. According to the article: 'Government officials familiar with the Smartmatic inquiry said they doubted that even if the Chávez government was some kind of secret partner in the company, it would try to influence elections in the United States. But some of them speculated that the purchase of Sequoia could help Smartmatic sell its products in Latin America and other developing countries, where safeguards against fraud are weaker.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "Call me an old fart but I been trying to find a brand new manual typewriter at a reasonable price so I can fulfill my Hemingway fantasy of writing on a typewriter and drinking a shot between pages. (The MacBook is nice but falls a bit short in the fantasy department.) There seem to be only one model from two different vendors (the MS 25 from Olivetti and Royal). Does anyone know if there are other manual typewriters available?"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The BBC is reporting that the American Bluegills fish is being used as an early warning system for dangerous substances in the local water supply. From the article: 'A small number of fish are kept in tanks which are constantly filled with water from the municipal supply. The computerised system registers changes in the fishes' vital signs and sends an alert when something is wrong. Since 11 September 2001, the US government has taken the threat of attacks on water supplies seriously.'"

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